Theme & Variations

Sundays @ 2pm

Theme & Variations introduces a new topic each week, presenting a wide range of music associated with that theme. Drawn from a millennium of Western classical music, the selections are an eclectic mix of familiar favorites and rarities. Theme and Variations is produced locally in Discover Classical’s studios by host Joe Law.


Music inspired by Greek and Roman mythology is in store this week, with stories retold by Benjamin Britten, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Carl Goldmark, Augusta Holmes, Franz Liszt, Albert Roussel, Camille Saint-Saens and Richard Strauss.


Travel back 300 years to 1722 for music composed by Tomaso Albinoni, J. S. Bach, Giovanni Bononcini, Francois Couperin, Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, G. F. Handel, Jacques Hotteterre and Jan Dismas Zelenka.


This week you can hear music about Native Americans, much of it by Native American composers. The composers are John Luther Adams, David Amram, Feruccio Busoni, Raven Chacon, Brent Michael Davids, Arthur Farwell, Amanda Shackleford and Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate.


Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on October 12, 1872, and today's program is a slightly belated 150th birthday celebration. The music spans most of his life, ranging from 1904 to 1958.


Music inspired by mountains is in store today. The composers are Cecil Burleigh, Arthur Farwell, Edvard Grieg, Alan Hovhaness and Richard Strauss.


In anticipation of Halloween, today's program brings you music inspired by the poetry and fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. It's by Andre Caplet, Joseph Holbrooke, Nikita Koshkin, Henry David Leslie, Darius Milhaud, Christopher Rouse, Florent Schmitt and Leonard Slatkin.